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Old 12-26-2010, 06:41 PM
 
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Default Mystery lands - NE Allegheny County

I'm just wondering about the lands we (I - at least) never speak of. The boroughs and townships of Northeastern Allegheny County.

Cheswick, Fawn Township, Tarentum, Verona, Brackenridge, Frazer Township, Harrison Township, West Deer Township, Springdale, Highlands School District, Deer Lakes School District, etc.

What is there (aside from Pittsburgh Mills)? Do people live there? Will they ever become the "next" up and coming burbs? Any cool houses/neighborhoods or is it just all country/woodlands?
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Old 12-26-2010, 06:47 PM
 
Location: Polish Hill, Pittsburgh, PA
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I deliver frequently to Oakmont and really love it!
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Old 12-26-2010, 06:50 PM
 
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Yeah, Oakmont is great. I don't really lump that into what I'm talking about. I'm talking extreme North and East section of Allegheny County... east of Pine and Richland Townships.
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Old 12-26-2010, 07:14 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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That area is going to get a boost when rt. 28 is done. Just common sense. The area you are speaking of is pretty rural. West Deer taxes are high. The areas are all pretty safe with little crime and pretty cheap. Springdale is a backwards little town, but not bad. If you are driving through there on Friday or Saturday, check out that bbq/beer place across from the Pizza Hut. That is some good bbq. The real thing.

Oakmont is okay, but it is about impossible to get in and out of because of Hulton Bridge or the other terrible option of Verona on Allegheny River Blvd. What a horrible commute into the city. It is only going to get worse when the Edgewater project gets going.
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Old 12-26-2010, 08:08 PM
 
Location: Lancaster County, PA & Sh-ittsburgh, PA
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I'm just wondering about the lands we (I - at least) never speak of. The boroughs and townships of Northeastern Allegheny County.

Cheswick, Fawn Township, Tarentum, Verona, Brackenridge, Frazer Township, Harrison Township, West Deer Township, Springdale, Highlands School District, Deer Lakes School District, etc.

What is there (aside from Pittsburgh Mills)? Do people live there? Will they ever become the "next" up and coming burbs? Any cool houses/neighborhoods or is it just all country/woodlands?
Plenty of people live in all those areas. Cheswick and Tarentum still have some businesses around that people shop at. Even Sheetz!

Seems like some new homes/developments are going up in a few areas you mention too.
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Old 12-26-2010, 08:24 PM
 
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I'm gonna have to check these areas out sometime. I'm not making a mockery of them, or anything... I just really never hear anything about them and I have never had a reason to visit any, yet. Even on the news...never hear much about them.
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Old 12-27-2010, 04:51 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, USA
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Cheswick lost some businesses when Pgh. Mills was built including a 4-screen theater. There are newer homes or condos at the top of Pillow Ave. near Rt. 28. Tarentum looks poor and run down.

Verona doesn't belong in your list.
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Oakmont is getting a new bridge. There was talk about leaving the old bridge in place and building the new one beside it. A pedestrian/bicycle bridge. I hope the new one will connect to Rt. 28 because the traffic at that light in Harmarville gets way backed up and also the light in Oakmont. Harmar is interesting because it has so much varied retail.
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Old 12-27-2010, 06:16 AM
 
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Maybe an interesting urban planning thesis topic would be "Why didn't Harmarville turn into Cranberry?" Those Gulf Lab buildings look pretty big, must have had quite a number of techy workers 40 years ago or so.
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Old 12-27-2010, 06:23 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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Cheswick lost some businesses when Pgh. Mills was built including a 4-screen theater. There are newer homes or condos at the top of Pillow Ave. near Rt. 28. Tarentum looks poor and run down.

Verona doesn't belong in your list.
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Oakmont is getting a new bridge. There was talk about leaving the old bridge in place and building the new one beside it. A pedestrian/bicycle bridge. I hope the new one will connect to Rt. 28 because the traffic at that light in Harmarville gets way backed up and also the light in Oakmont. Harmar is interesting because it has so much varied retail.
Not sure if the bridge is actually going to happen. Last I head, it was voted down unless it connected to Rt. 28.

I think Cheswick has two of its screens left at the theater, but not sure.

Tarentum is pretty run down and tired.

East Deer is sort of like a rural Tarentum.

Springdale is pretty much the same as Cheswick. Not a bad little town. Guess you could say, a very white working class area.

Harmarville has what many call Hamburger row due to the exit on the Turnpike. Has a Primanties there. A Ladbroke for gambling is also there. Housing in Harmarville is also a working class white neighborhood.
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Old 12-27-2010, 06:25 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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Maybe an interesting urban planning thesis topic would be "Why didn't Harmarville turn into Cranberry?" Those Gulf Lab buildings look pretty big, must have had quite a number of techy workers 40 years ago or so.
The Gulf Lab was going strong years ago. The reason that area didn't take off is because Rt. 28 was not the best road to commute into Pittsburgh. In a few years that is going to change when 28 gets changed around. The work they have done on 28 so far is amazingly good. I suspect property values will go up in that whole region when the work is complete. It is going to be three years I think.
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